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Gloria Nonna Simonis

September 27, 1928 - June 14, 2014


by: CENTRAL OREGONIAN  - Gloria Nonna Simonis Gloria Nonna Simonis passed away on June 14, 2014. She was born September 27, 1928 in Waitsburg Wash. to John and Helia Powers. January 11, 1947 she married Gilbert “Bud” Simonis in Phoenix Ariz.

Gloria and Bud’s passion in life were horses and a 60 year career in the horse racing industry. In 1954, they made their permanent home in Bend, Ore. where she trained and tended to several winning thoroughbreds while Bud raced. In 1966, she stopped training and started working for the Oregon Racing Commission. In 1971, she was hired as the Salem Racing Secretary becoming the third woman in racing history to hold this position at a recognized track.

In 1993, she and Bud moved to Prineville, where she started the Pioneer Memorial Hospital Auxiliary. They wore lavender jackets and became known as the “Lavender Ladies”.

In 2009, she was asked to be the Grand Marshal for the Crooked River Round-Up and she was extremely honored to hold this position. She worked many years with the rodeo board. She was also involved with horse racing in Prineville as well.

Gloria is survived by her husband Bud; daughter and son-in-law Sharron and Steve Loney of Prineville; grandson James “Mike” Jones of Prineville; granddaughter Kimberley Sumner and husband Chad of Malott, Wash.; Grandson Ian Loney of Kenmore, Wash.; two great-grandsons Kash, and Kruz Sumner of Malott, Wash; and several extended family members and friends.

The funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, June 20, 2014 at Prineville Funeral Home with the burial to follow at Juniper Haven Cemetery.